100% Remote; Boston, MA or
Washington, DC preferred
Chief Executive Officer
About Saga Education
Who we are
Saga Education is the national leader in high-impact,
in-school-day tutoring. We leverage the power of human capital and
technology to accelerate student outcomes and create more equitable
learning for students. We are a central partner in the movement to
accelerate the day when equitable opportunities for learning are
provided to students across all of our public schools. Since our
founding as a nonprofit in 2014, we have reached more than 30,000
students in schools across six different regions. With our
proven-to-work tutoring model and focus on relationship building,
we have been able to reach students who need it most and support
families, educators, and school districts through our services.
We run direct service programs in multiple cities, and we also
support states and school districts in every time zone (and in the
Netherlands) with our training, technical assistance, and quality
assurance services for getting high-impact tutoring right. We work
actively with many organizations to change the federal and state
landscapes to help ensure that high impact tutoring isn’t only a
recovery and acceleration plan in response to Covid, but is also a
new, systemic lever to redesign schools to work for kids who are
experiencing poverty, who in this country are disproportionately
Black and brown.
Saga is a financially strong, talent-filled, rapid growth
organization whose work led to the most significant research about
high impact tutoring, that in turn led to the growing movement
towards infusing effective tutoring into US schools and schools
worldwide. Saga has attracted funding from philanthropies
including Mackenzie Scott, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation,
the Overdeck Family Foundation, and many others. The
University of Chicago’s Education Lab calls Saga’s results “among
the most effective ever rigorously studied in US public schools,”
with students gaining as much as 2 ½ years of extra learning in one
year in Saga’s directly run program model.
For more information about Saga Education’s vision, mission, and
services, please visit www.sagaeducation.org.
What We Do
Inside each student lives a story waiting to unfold. We know
every student is capable of shaping a story of success—in school,
and in life. But not every student has had a fair chance to see it.
Saga Education envisions a world where students–especially Black
and Latinx students–have equitable access to economic and social
mobility. To achieve this, Saga seeks to establish high-impact,
in-school-day, high impact tutoring as an integrated part of a
student’s education, as a proven strategy to accelerate educational
Years of scientific study and research show that our program
works–not only to raise math scores but to foster the confidence
and sense of belonging that underpin all academic success. As a
trusted leader and partner in building powerful tutoring programs,
Saga provides the resources and tools to enable all districts to
take advantage of our 19 years of expertise.
Saga Education is seeking a President
who will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the
internal team, including implementation of the strategy approved by
the CEO and Board, organizational and team management, program
implementation, promoting vibrant culture, and impactful and
effective communication with internal stakeholders. The President
will skillfully oversee multiple programs, produce strong outcomes,
and hold departments accountable in a complex organization. The
President will ensure that the organization carries forward its
mission and continues to grow, adapt, and innovate to meet the
educational needs of the communities we serve.
Reporting to the CEO, the President will provide strategic
direction and operational oversight to the executive team while
ensuring the successful execution of Saga's strategic
priorities. This position will oversee the executive team
which includes the Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operations
Officer, Chief People and Culture Officer, Chief Technology
Officer, Vice President of R&D, VP of Marketing, and an
Executive Assistant. The President will supply strong leadership
and direction internally and is charged with creating and
supporting a collaborative and affirming workplace where Saga
employees feel valued and can maximize their contribution in
service to its organizational vision. The President will nurture,
inspire, and empower an effective and diverse team.
- Develop, refine, and execute Saga's strategic priorities,
ensuring alignment with the organization's vision, mission, and
goals in collaboration with the CEO and executive team.
- Act as a key advisor to the CEO on critical internal decisions,
leveraging expertise and insights to help identify and resolve
challenges and bottlenecks within the organization. Employ a
systematic and data-driven approach to problem-solving and
- Shepherd fiscal responsibility by partnering with the CEO and
CFO to lead the organization toward achieving its financial
Effective Organizational and Team
- Inspire, empower, and manage a team of seven direct reports on
the executive team, amplifying their work in achieving
organizational objectives and ensuring Saga’s sustainable impact.
Cultivate and maintain strong relationships and guide team members’
growth and development.
- Facilitate cross-departmental collaboration and strengthen
internal communications with staff to cultivate strong, trusting
working relationships at every level, ensure alignment, and drive a
culture of feedback in pursuit of strategic objectives.
- Promote a positive, inclusive, and supportive work environment
that fosters employee growth and satisfaction.
- Demonstrate communication transparency with Saga leaders by
sharing wins, challenges, and consistently future
- Champion and demonstrate an abiding passion and commitment to
diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging values, creating an
environment where various viewpoints are considered, and decisions
are made after due deliberation.
Impactful Operational Excellence
- Drive process improvements, operational efficiencies, and best
practices across the organization to ensure that Saga Education
consistently delivers high-quality services and outcomes. Champion
the adoption of innovative tools and technologies to enhance
- Monitor and report on the progress of strategic initiatives,
identifying areas of improvement and making data-driven
recommendations for adjustments as needed.
- Set challenging yet realistic goals and create effective
measuring tools to gauge effectiveness and impact.
The President will bring a demonstrated track record of building
and managing teams and initiatives with a measurable, sustainable
impact on a regional scale, and a suite of related skills around
organizational development, people, culture, marketing, financial,
and operational management.
While it’s understood that no single candidate will bring every
single competency, strong candidates will offer the following
skills, characteristics, and experiences:
- Passion, empathy, and a deep commitment to accelerate education
equity for underserved students.
- A minimum of 10 years of executive leadership experience in a
national nonprofit organization or ed-tech leadership
- Significant experience with an organization that works with
youth, education, and/or children serving organizations, and/or the
understanding of and ability to maneuver in the education, ed-tech,
and social service sectors across the country.
- Demonstrated track record of leading growing executive teams
and an organization with revenue of $20M through periods of growth,
change and direction setting.
- Seasoned executive leader with strong management acumen, with
demonstrated expertise leading and developing senior level
- Demonstrated ability to set clear expectations and
accountability measures for deliverables while encouraging
innovation and initiative.
- Adept at building and leading remote, regional, and national
teams with proven experience leading those teams to scale.
- A strong, proactive problem solver who can bridge the gap
between strategy and execution.
- Experience leading or building DEIB cultural practice; one who
centers equity and inclusion as a key value.
- Strong process implementation and improvement experience, and
change management capabilities.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills; experience in
effectively communicating key information both verbally and in
writing to CEO, Board, and direct reports.
- A bachelor’s degree in a relevant field is required. An
advanced degree in a relevant field is preferred.
- Ability to travel up to 20% time.
Compensation and Benefits
Salary range: $200,000 - $220,000/annual
Salary is based on a variety of factors including, but not
limited to, skill set level, years of previous/applicable
experience, and Saga’s commitment to ensuring pay equity within the
Saga Education offers competitive compensation and benefits,
which includes medical, dental and vision insurance, IVF coverage,
paid parental leave, opt-in FSA, and tele-health benefits. Saga
provides a generous PTO package including a paid Winter Wellness
Break, vacation days, holidays, sick days, personal days, opt-in
401k with discretionary match, and company provided technology. All
employees have access to our comprehensive Employee Assistance
Program, Saga 360 Wellness Program and DEIB events and
Diversity, Equity, Inclusiveness & Belonging
Commitment and Hiring Statement
Saga Education provides equal employment opportunities to all
employees and applicants. Diversity, equity, inclusion, and
belonging (DEIB) has always been central to our vision and mission
at Saga Education. To remain at the forefront of educational
innovation and impact, we celebrate and leverage our diversity in
all its intersectional identities and nurture a sense of belonging
at all levels of the organization. We welcome ideas and
perspectives from all employees to fulfill the full promise of our
mission. Our diversity is our strength. We encourage people of all
racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds to apply for this and
all available roles. Please visit our website for more information
on our DEIB mission, vision, and promise.
How to Apply
Maneva Group, a woman
and minority owned national executive search firm that specializes
in mission-driven searches, has been exclusively retained for this
engagement. To express interest in this role, please submit your
resume and cover letter to https://adr.to/aqaa2ai. All
inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.
This position is available immediately; we will accept and review
new applications until filled.